2023 Children's Literature Lecture

Bryan Collier to deliver the 2023 Children's Literature Lecture

Lecturer Biography

Bryan Collier loves to paint. He has successfully channeled his creative energy and love of art into an illustrious career as a children's book illustrator and writer. He began painting at the age of 15 and eventually landed a scholarship to attend Pratt Institute. He has won four Caldecott Honors for Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport, Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews, and Dave and the Potter by Laban Carack Hill. His first book, Uptown, won the Coretta Scott King Award and Ezra Jack Keats Award. He has won five more Coretta Scott King Awards and three Coretta Scott King Honors. His most recent title, We Shall Overcome, displays the most emblematic moments of the twentieth-century Civil Rights movement blended with depictions of the present day as the fight for justice continues, and his collaboration with Tami Charles, All Because You Matter, received many accolades and was named to many Best of the Year lists, including NPR, School Library Journal and Kirkus, and the New York and Chicago Public Libraries. 
Photo Credit: Daniel Jordan

Lecture Host Site

Dayton Metro Library and the University of Dayton are proud to co-host the 2023 Children's Literature Lecture on Wednesday, April 12, 2023! There will be a light reception at the University of Dayton's Kennedy Union Ballroom at 6:00pm before the lecture begins at 7:00pm. Books will be available for purchase, and a book signing will be held after the lecture. Tickets are free, but required; register for your ticket through Dayton Metro Library. 

Members of the 2023 ALSC Children’s Literature Lecture Award Selection Committee are: Chair Gloria Repolesk, O'Neal Public Library, Mountain Brook, Alabama; Linda L. Ernst; Aimee Haslam, Washington County Public Library;Katie Richert, Bloomingdale Public Library, Downers Grove, Illinois; Danielle Winter, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, New York.